One of the pillars of the U.S. Soccer Foundation is growing the game of soccer in underserved communities. One of the ways we grow the game is through the Passback program – our soccer equipment collection and redistribution program. Since 2002, we have collected and redistributed over 875,000 pieces of new and gently used soccer equipment to children in need throughout the United States and around the world. Providing something as simple as a soccer ball is one of the easiest ways to put a smile on a child’s face.
Ken Belson’s article in the New York Times demonstrates the power that one ball can hold. In war-torn Darfur, soccer served as a way for children to find peace amidst the negativity that surrounded them. The article shows much of what we believe – providing quality soccer gear allows children to play “the beautiful game” and sends those same children a message that there are people in the world who care about their happiness. We believe that all children deserve to play – and by providing opportunities for children to do so, we can continue to see an abundance of smiling faces that motivate us every day.
For more information about the Passback program, click here!